Minor League Roundup - 4/18

Top prospect Eric Hurley turned in his best start of the young season on Friday, giving up two runs in 5.2 innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Round Rock 4
W – Hurley (1-0)
SV – Francisco (4)
HR – Cruz (4)
12-4, 3.0 GU


After beginning the season with three rough outings, Eric Hurley (5.95 ERA/.330 BAA) limited the Express to two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out seven.

Shelton is hitting .346 this season.
Nelson Cruz (.350/.500/.750) continued his absolute dominance of the PCL by going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. He also stole his fourth base in as many tries.

Ryan Roberts (2/3, 2B, BB), Nate Gold (1/3, BB) and Chris Shelton (1/3, BB) also had strong efforts for the RedHawks.

Righty Kazuo Fukumori had his first easy outing of the season, as he tossed 2 1/3 perfect frames. He fanned two and threw just 26 pitches.

Frank Francisco (0.00 ERA/.111 BAA) got out of a ninth inning jam created by Kea Kometani by punching out both hitters he faced. Francisco has given up only three hits in eight innings this season, striking out 14.

Player of the Game: RHP Eric Hurley
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.2 5 2 2 2 7 0 5.95


AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Corpus Christi 2
W – Ballard (2-0)
SV – Madrigal (6)
HR – Davis (3)
11-3, 2.0 GU


Though he didn't have his best fastball, starter Mike Ballard (2.00 ERA/.275 BAA) was able to use his changeup and curveball early and often to work his way out of multiple jams on Friday night.

Frostad saved a few runs with his play in the field
Ballard scattered nine hits through six innings, allowing one run. He walked two and struck out one.

First baseman Chris Davis struck out in his first three at-bats, but belted a solo home run to right-center field to give the ‘Riders some insurance.

Emerson Frostad pulled out of a slump by going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk. He also played an outstanding game at third base, making a handful of great plays in the field.

Second baseman Adam Fox (.333/.421/.576) singled twice in four plate appearances.

Despite issuing a pair of walks in the ninth inning, closer Warner Madrigal earned his sixth save with another shutout inning.

Player of the Game: 3B Emerson Frostad
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 .333


A+: Bakersfield 0 – Lancaster 4
L – Hunter (1-3)
7-9, 4.0 GB


Hunter lost for the third time this year.
The Blaze were limited to only four hits by the Lancaster pitching staff.

Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.333/.400/.444) had the team's only extra-base hit. He was 1-for-4 with a double.

Starting pitcher Tommy Hunter yielded three runs – two earned – on seven hits in four innings. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

Relief pitchers Andrew Laughter (1.1 IP) and Ryan Falcon (1 IP) each hurled scoreless relief.

Bakersfield hitters combined to strike out 14 times, with Chad Tracy and John Whittleman each going 0-for-4 with three punchouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Andrew Laughter
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00


A: Clinton 7 – (@) Dayton 2
W – Holland (1-0)
HR – Santana (2)
9-3, 3.0 GB


Cristian Santana played left field on Friday evening. It was his first game to play in the field this season. The slugger proved to be his usual self at the plate, as he was 2-for-5 with a home runs and three runs batted in.

Santana hit another home run.
Mitch Moreland was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. He has doubled in all three games this season.

Catcher Jose Felix (2/3, 2B, BB) and Ian Gac (2/3, BB) both had strong games.

Derek Holland turned in a solid start, giving up two runs in 5.2 innings. He permitted three hits, walked four, and struck out six.

Right-hander Dan Sattler (2.16 ERA/.207 BAA) struck out four while not allowing a run in 2.1 innings.

Player of the Game: LF Cristian Santana
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .378


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